PLANNING | Martins Bank conversion consented
The redevelopment of the listed Water Street landmark has been approved by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee for a second time, four years after the project was first proposed.
A previous application to convert the Herbert J Rowse-designed building into a hotel has lapsed, so the Principal Hotel Group resubmitted plans for the 215-bedroom hotel earlier this year. Brock Carmichael is the architect and Savills is advising as planner.
The building has been empty since Barclays moved out in the late 2000s.
Several other projects featured alongside Martins Bank on a packed committee agenda, with five other major projects consented.
Land on Upper Parliament Street
Developer: FBM UK
Architect: Wroot Design
Storeys: Three to five, in two blocks
Scheme: FBM is part of the Flanagan Group. The site is located between Upper Parliament Street and residential areas Carlingford Close and Verulam Close, with Princes Primary School to the east and the Caribbean Centre to the west, and is currently landscaped open space with paths forming a route to Upper Parliament Street. The site previously had housing on it, demolished around 1970. An application for 109 flats in five and six-storey blocks was refused in 2017 – changes made include a realigned, lit footpath through the scheme, while around two-fifths of the overall space will remain green and public. The site was previously owned by the city council, and sold to FBM.
Developer: Principal Hotel Group
Architect: Brock Carmichael
Hotel beds: 215
Scheme: The proposal differs from the 2015 application with changes including using the entire ground floor as a guest area, featuring a lounge, bar, restaurant, function rooms, reception and lobby. A new entrance is proposed on the Exchange Street West elevation. Kitchen, offices, and ancillary space are all also to be moved to the basement. The banking hall’s existing mezzanine will be used to provide 12 guest rooms. The former boardroom and directors’ dining rooms are to be retained as conferencing spaces, while a gym will be added. New rooftop extensions will provide enclosed spaces between the existing stone rooftop colonnades on the east and west of the building to form a sky bar on its west elevation, and a spa along its east elevation facing the town hall.
St James Street
Developer: Mersey Contractor
Planner: GW Planning
Storeys: Seven, nine and 10
Scheme: The site sits within the eastern part of the Baltic Triangle, with boundaries to St James Street, Norfolk Street and Brick Street, and is bound to its west by Liver Oil & Grease. The applicant proposes 24 one-bed flats and 32 two-bed, with 10,555 sq ft of flexible commercial space.
Bling Building, Hanover Street
Developer: Signature Living
Hotel beds: 33
Scheme: The applicant seeks a change of use from hair salon to hotel, featuring 33 beds in 18 suites, adding in a basement spa and a glazed rooftop extension including a bar. The five-storey building was designed by Piers Gough for famed local hairdresser Herbert Howe as part of the development of Liverpool One. Signature acquired the building in 2017.
Developer: Everbright Developments
Architect: Smith Young Architecture
Scheme: The site is within both the Knowledge Quarter and Islington Regeneration Quarter areas as defined by local planning documents. A proposal for 36 apartments over seven storeys was approved in 2017, but the developer has since declared that unviable.
Land at Wynnstay Street, Welsh Streets
Scheme: The site, also fronting South Street, Voelas Street and Rhiwlas Street, is within the Welsh Streets area, which has been undergoing major refurbishment across terraced housing. The project is new-build terraces, with around two-thirds of the scheme to be built on derelict land, the rest of the site currently housing derelict or demolished homes. The Secretary of State refused consent for a proposal at the site, which sits on the edge of Princes Park, in 2015. Consultation on this £8m project was carried out in December.